India approves GE cotton

From <> 3/27/02

In a blow to opponents of genetically modified crops worldwide, India
approved commercial production of some GM versions of cotton
yesterday. Up till now, the country, the world's third largest
producer of cotton, allowed only a few field trials of genetically
engineered crops. But times are changing. In recent years, Monsanto
bought several of the country's largest seed companies and lobbied
the Indian government to okay commercial use of GM crops. Proponents
of GM cotton say it cuts in half the amount of insecticides needed to
control pests and increases yields by up to 30 percent.
Environmentalists, advocates for small farmers, and many academics,
however, discouraged the country from approving the technology,
arguing that not enough was known about its environmental
implications. Opponents also fear that purchasing GM seeds could
push family farmers even deeper into debt and eventually off the land.

straight to the source: London Guardian, John Vidal, 27 Mar 2002

straight to the source: Times of India, 26 Mar 2002

straight to the source: Planet Ark, Reuters, Naveen Thukral, 27 Mar 2002

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